History 101

Carpinteria's Cate School

Over 100 years old, the school reflects many educational principles set down by Curtis Wolsey Cate. Read story.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Mountain Drive's Unique Community

This residential enclave of free spirits, located in the hills above Montecito, began to coalesce in the years following World War II. Read story.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A Serene Park with a Colorful Past

One of the most tranquil places on the South Coast is the Andrée Clark Bird Refuge. Read story.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Santa Barbara’s First Hotel

An English couple, resettling via South America, opened the Ivy Green Hotel downtown. Read story.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

An Accidental Asian Tourist in the 1800s

A cargo ship catastrophe brought the first Japanese to Santa Barbara. Read story.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Ranch Dressing Originated in Santa Barbara's Mountains

Steve Henson's salad dressing, invented in Alaska, became a worldwide hit. Read story.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Death by Streetcar

The new tech of electric trams, combined with horses and newly minted auto drivers, made Santa Barbara streets a challenge. Read story.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Santa Barbara's Leo Carrillo

He was a star of stage and screen and proud of his California heritage. Read story.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Nine-Story Towers Were Proposed for Alice Keck Park Gardens

The city park once held a destination resort for the wealthy. Read story.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Santa Barbara's First Book

E. N. Wood wrote a guidebook to the area, with unexpected words for oil slicks and earthquakes. Read story.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Julius Starke: Artisan and Woodworker

Among the many early artisans in Santa Barbara, Starke worked in native woods. Read story.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Tree Planter A. Boyd Doremus

A plaque in Alameda Park recognizes Dr. Doremus's love of trees. Read story.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Did Zorro Once Live in Santa Barbara?

The popular bandit character of the '20s was partly based on Salomon Pico. Read story.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Stows of Stow House

Tragedy and innovation marked their thousand-acre ranch and its orchards. Read story.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The 'Black Filth' of Santa Barbara

Adding sewer pipes cleaned up State Street in the 1880s, for a while. Read story.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
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